OPEN LETTER To the Academicians of The Pontifical Academy of Sciences
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser Tuesday, June 30, 2015
SUBJECT: Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si, On care for our common home, (ENC)
The Link Between Climate and Poverty
By Marita Noon Monday, June 29, 2015
The climate alarmists, generally the same people who dis the church and its position on abortion, the origin of life on earth, and the definition of marriage, appear practically giddy over Pope Francis’ recently released climate encyclical. Even Al Gore, who admits he was “raised in the Southern Baptist tradition,” has declared he “could become a Catholic because of this pope.”
U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention?
By Oilprice.com Monday, June 29, 2015
In the latest weekly production data from the EIA, on the back of recent March revisions, the U.S. managed to post a 76,000 barrel per day increase in the lower 48. Production from Alaska fell by 61,000 barrels per day, putting overall U.S. output 15,000 barrels per day higher for the week ending June 12 compared to the previous week.
Trees—The Good and Bad Regarding Pollution
By Jack Dini Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jay Lehr asks the question, what do you get when you go into the north woods, a great beautiful unspoiled area where there is no industry for miles? The answer is you inhale the pine odor. Guess what? Pine odor is made up of polycyclic aromatics, carcinogens, in the cleanest air we supposedly have in this country. (1)
Trees and plants release more than just oxygen into the atmosphere as a result of photosynthesis. They also release a variety of gases that contribute to air pollution. In fact, the planet’s vegetation accounts for about two-thirds of the pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted globally, reports the EPA. (2)
Selection Bias in the Social Cost of Carbon
By Institute for Energy Research Friday, June 26, 2015
The so-called “social cost of carbon” ostensibly measures (in present dollars) the total value of all future climate change damages coming from the emission of another unit of carbon dioxide. The social cost of carbon (SCC) is thus extremely important in the climate change policy debate, as it is already being used in cost/benefit calculations of federal energy regulations.
Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar
By Oilprice.com Friday, June 26, 2015
During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap. In China alone, 500 million new vehicles can be expected to jam the roads between now and 2030.
US Lawmakers Vote To Block Obama’s Climate Policy
By Guest Column Thursday, June 25, 2015
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rule for power plants and let state governors opt out of complying. The bill, passed 247-180, is a major blow to the main pillar of President Obama’s effort to reduce the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, although the White House has promised a veto to protect his legacy.
Met Office: Temperatures Could Plummet As Sun Enters Cooler Phase
By Guest Column Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Britain could be on the verge of a mini Ice Age as the Sun enters a cooler phase, the Met Office warned yesterday. The last big chill was felt hundreds of years ago when Frost Fairs were held on the frozen River Thames. However the Met Office said the new freeze will not be enough to cancel out the effects of global warming.
Expect A Wave Of Consolidation In The Oil Industry
By Oilprice.com Wednesday, June 24, 2015
As stated previously, asset monetization by small E&P operators will start in earnest in the second half of this year out of cash flow necessity. Most, if not all, smaller market capitalization companies, public or private, are still free cash flow negative (operating cash flow less capital expenditure) and only a few of the larger ones are now, or will be, based on guidance. The point is, with volumes languishing (and probably poised to decline) tied to a flat oil futures price curve and with economics marginal at $60 per barrel, many E&P operators find themselves running through hedges in 2015 and still in need to finance their already reduced capital spending.
Nordhaus Unwittingly Shows Flaws in Case for Carbon Tax
By Institute for Energy Research Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Nanny State of EPA and Others
By Jack Dini Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The EPA wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The goal of the project is to change the behavior of Americans when they stay at hotels. (1)
UK Government Scraps 250 Wind Farms As Subsidies Are Axed
By Guest Column Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Large swathes of the British countryside are to be spared the blight of windfarms by the axing of taxpayer subsidies, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has revealed. She said about 2,500 proposed turbines in 250 projects are now “unlikely to be built”. Ms Rudd said: “We are reaching the limits of what is affordable, and what the public is prepared to accept.”—John Ingham, Daily Express, 23 June 2015
Canada skips important climate conference
By Tom Harris Monday, June 22, 2015
Over the past 20 years, the Government of Canada has spent millions of dollars sending representatives to United Nations climate change conferences. While the rest of us are told to walk, bicycle, and take the bus more to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, hundreds of civil servants have enjoyed tax payer funded flights to exotic locations across the globe to take part in U.N. negotiations to ‘save the climate.’
Will 2015 be the year of Renewable Fuel Standard Reform?
By Marita Noon Monday, June 22, 2015
The fact the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) management—er, mismanagement—of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) is indicative of the growing frustration over both the agency and the RFS itself.
Running Out Of Cash, Greece Returns To Coal
By Guest Column Monday, June 22, 2015
Our Gaia, Who art in danger,
Sustainable be thy name,
Thy renewable energy resources come,
Thy Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s will be done
On Earth as it is in the upper atmosphere
Give us this day our daily organic ciabatta
Forgive us our carbon emissions